The Five Amazing Exercises To Elevate Your Creative Thinking Powers

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Exercise 1: The Magic Of Constraints

This next statement will sound counter-intuitive.

The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self of the chains that shackle the spirit — Igor Stravinsky

Exercise 2: Find The Benefit Of The Benefit

This exercise helps you see things that are not readily apparent. It teaches you to draw inferences, an essential skill in any field. Like the constraint exercise, it forces your brain to focus on a narrow problem. This focus forces you to think in unorthodox ways.

Exercise 3: Find Meaning In The Mundane

The exercise forces you to derive meaning from simple actions and observations. Go to a coffee shop, park or wherever you find lots of people. Bring a notebook or laptop with you. Observe the people around you. Take notes. Pay careful attention to the kind of things we usually ignore.

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be — Joseph Campbell

Exercise 4: A Title In Eight Words

Create a headline or story title that conjures up a backstory, emotional response or intrigue. You are limited to eight words for each title.

Curiosity is the lust of the mind — Thomas Hobbs

Exercise 5: Find The Hidden Gem

This exercise also tests your observation skills and helps cultivate your imagination.

  1. What would make it more interesting? (Ask this question if the previous answer yielded nothing worthwhile).
  2. What’s the story behind it?

Everything You Can Imagine Is Real — Pablo Picasso

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